1997 Dodge Grand Caravan Overview

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3 Dr SE AWD Passenger Van Extended
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3 Dr SE Passenger Van Extended
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3 Dr STD Passenger Van Extended
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4 Dr ES AWD Passenger Van Extended
4 Dr ES Passenger Van Extended
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4 Dr LE AWD Passenger Van Extended
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4 Dr LE Passenger Van Extended
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4.25 stars

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Awesome Mark Iii Conversion by Kris
 — Gotta give love to the minivan no matter what. Mark III custom conversion by the dealer, this thing has TVs, DVD players, video game hook ups, accent lights, the works -- and had it all WAY before th... Read More
6th "car" by Carol
 — We bought this van when it was 2 years old and other than having to replace the tranny which is expected with Grand Caravans, it has been a very good vehicle for us. We still have it and plan to drive... Read More
Its A Good Car by Faisal
 — its fast,easy to drive,breaks are O.K,it needed just 1 repair the left side window only went down, no squeaks the front of the car looks cool and in the inside is very nice it dosn't take much gas, it... Read More

1997 Dodge Grand Caravan Overview

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1997 Dodge Grand Caravan

Dodge created the minivan back in 1984, and the Caravan was an innovator of features we now take for granted in minivans, such as driver's front airbags, AWD, dual sliding doors, and cupholders.  Despite growing competition, the Grand Caravan is still the most popular of minivans.  Redesigned in 1996, it received few changes for 1997.

The 1997 Grand Caravan saw the return of AWD to the SE, ES, and LE trims, paired with four-wheel disc brakes.  Traction control on LE trims and an optional accident response system, which unlocked the doors and turned on lights, helped improve the safety features of the Grand Caravan. A Sport package offered with SE models added a stronger suspension, foglights, and body-color trim.

Its huge interior, storage options, front and rear climate control are hits with owners, but the number one highlight for the 1997 Grand Caravan seems to be the dual sliding doors, which make access to the two rows of rear seats much easier.  In terms of handling, most owners say driving the Grand Caravan feels no different than a car, and with a V6 engine, it is surprisingly peppy.  Though it is an affordable minivan, many owners say be prepared to spend a lot of money at the repair shop, particularly on the transmission.


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Dodge Grand Caravan Questions

Michelle Nieves

I Have A 97 Grancarvan It Was Running Fine And Out Of Nowhere It Start Goin...

But it drive fine after a few minutes until u stop again

8 views with 1 answer (last answer 4 months ago)
Steven Miller

My Car Shuts Off After A Certain Period Of Driving. When The Car Stops I C...

I had the egr valve replaced and the hose cleaned, but its still shutting off. Now there is a burning smell coming from the car and it jerks a few times before it stops running. I'm not sure if i...

20 views with 2 answers (last answer 6 months ago)

1997 Grand Caravan 3.8l 4 Speed, Seems To Slip Out Of Gear And Not Move Whe...

This issue seems to occurring more often now. When it first starts up, it will go into reverse to get out of garage, but will seem to slip out of gear when you shift to drive. It only does this in t...

26 views with 2 answers (last answer 6 months ago)

I Hd My Left Or Drivers Side Cv Joint Replaced And Now It Sounds Or Seems L...

sound like it slips when transmission shifts too on the left side

224 views with 1 answer (last answer 2 years ago)

Ceiling; Dodge Grand Caravan.1997;3.3l,6 Cyl.

Where to get a materials or parts to replace the Ceiling of the VAN in Sacramento,CA. What materials are needed i.e. insulation,clothing material or cover,etc. Thank you, Please I need help Fe teresa

143 views with 2 answers (last answer 2 years ago)